It’s almost Halloween … so it’s a great time of year to explore the reasons why black cats have more difficulty in getting adopted from shelters. If you’re seeking a new animal companion, maybe you can help improve these felines’ luck!
For centuries, black cats were considered bad luck in parts of Europe and the United States, due to early Christian superstitions that black cats were the familiars of witches. There are also several countries where black cats are considered to be good luck, including England, Latvia, Japan, and Scotland. While neither superstition is strictly true, we’d err on the side of them being good luck: some studies have shown that black cats are friendlier and more laid-back than other cats, and the genes that give them dark fur may even make them more disease-resistant.
However, black cats are often overlooked at sheltersóboth because of old superstitions and because, due to their dark fur, they don’t photograph as well or stand out as much as a brighter-furred cat does. Along with brown cats, they are the least likely of any color of cat to be adopted, and they also face high euthanasia rates. Can you help them?
Here are ten lucky black cats who are looking for homes, from shelters all over the U.S.
(Don’t forget: if you’re looking for a new animal companion, you can use Care2′s Adoptable Pets page to find your perfect match!)
1. Sugar Plum
Young female. Heart of the Catskills Humane Society, Delhi, NY.
The shelter says, “She’s a delightful, friendly young lady who is still waiting to go home for the holidays.”
Young male. 2nd Chance For Pets/Dewitt County Animal Shelter, Clinton, IL.
Aflac recently stayed with a shelter volunteer, to get a taste of home living, and “he went into the home as if he has always lived there. He is LOVING IT! He is the sweetest boy!” He’s back at the shelter now, but he will adapt wonderfully to a forever home.
Adult female. Colony Cats & Dogs, Dublin, OH.
Anna was rescued from a trailer park, where she was living with her four kittens. The shelter adds, “Did you notice that she’s missing most of her tail? The cute little stub she has wags happily like a dog – you have to see it, it’s too cute!”
8-year-old male. Humane Society of Warren County VA, Front Royal, VA.
This senior fella was surrendered to the shelter in June 2012, because his family had to move away.
Adult female. Valley Animal Center, Fresno, CA.
Adult male. Humane Society of Highlands County, Sebring, FL.
The shelter says, “Keno is a very loving and social. Loves to lounge around and play with the other cats … very easy-going nature.”
2-year-old male. Furry Friends Network, Boiling Springs, PA.
The shelter says, “Hoku especially loves climbing up in bed with you at night, and will show you his best and loudest purrs to make sure he gets his share of nighttime cuddles.”
Due to his early history (he was rescued from poor outdoor living conditions), he’s had some health problems, but he is happy and healthy now.
Senior female. Seattle Animal Shelter, Seattle, WA.
The shelter describes her, “Lemony is a gentle, affectionate soul looking for someone to bond with for life. She sometimes startles at loud noises or sudden movements, but if approached slowly she’s not one to turn down attention. †She gives loving head-butts, and purrs and vibrates her tail with contentment.”
Adult male. Central Texas SPCA, A No-Kill Animal Shelter, Leander, TX.
Here’s the shelter’s “autobiography” for Sammie:
“I’m a complex fellow. I like attention and call out for it a lot. I’ve been known to lay back in someone’s arms like a baby and purr or curl up on a lap for some quiet time. But, I can be a little spunky too. I really don’t like to have my feet touched and I will let you know by swatting at you or giving you a little nip. I need someone who will be patient with me and positively redirect me if my manners are a little poor from time to time. But I show great potential to be a handsome, wonderful companion.”
Senior female. Cats R Us, Inc, Annapolis, MD.
According to the shelter, Mietze is “very friendly and very sweet and would just love to have her own personal human (or two). She loves being petted and loves to snuggle with you.”